Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Stranger On The Shore

Serious jazzers tend to be sniffy about Acker Bilk, but all it takes to achieve immortality is to write one great tune.

I watched the TV serial that gave the tune its name. It was about a French au pair. I was just a kid and I didn't really get what was going on but I remember it as one of the first adult fictions to take me by the throat. The girl was so lonely, poor thing.  I can picture the opening and closing credits:  a single figure wandering along a shingly beach- in black and white of course- with Acker Bilk's clarinet noodling away...
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